Digitally transforming organizations have to support increasingly distributed business workforces. This saddles IT teams with a balancing act of providing Internet access, enterprise-network connectivity, and assuring that the resulting network traffic doesn’t contaminate private channels and expose sensitive data. New offices are opening, the deployment clock is ticking, and IT personnel has to mobilize to install firewall appliances at every added site in order to centralize smart enterprise network and security management. Or do they?
Security-as-a-service (SECaasS) represents a cost-effective best practice and ‘firewall alternative’ for enterprises of all sizes as they attempt to manage the Internet and multicloud access of remote workers and various offices across the country or globe.
The Need for Advanced Security Orchestration
When the digital business is growing faster than the IT staff’s capacity, it gets challenging to protect headquarters and multiple offices – a dozen branch offices by some averages. The security management responsibilities get even unwieldier when you add the growing number of remote users who might be squatting over an Internet access point that is untrusted. If network IT teams don’t keep up with the latest preventions, digital transformation (and its growing pains) can expose the business. Internally managed firewall appliances can get bypassed during new traffic flows over the Internet or in the cloud, resulting in network dark spots and newly introduced avenues for exposure.
If they could see granularly at the endpoint, some CIOs and IT managers might find their networks rapidly drifting into unfamiliar waters. Protecting distributed branch offices and remote users with legacy and static tools is no longer sufficient given the growing variety of Internet access points, IP addresses, application types, and threats in play. Meanwhile, limited resources, including a lack of personnel and advanced cybersecurity skills, leave IT management spread thin toward ensuring connectivity, performance, visibility and up-to-date security across network endpoint equipment and the graying private network perimeter.
IT managers, who have a lot of different business and security systems to manage, want to make network security systems easier for themselves, their technical staffs and business customers to use. Rather than IT and business workforces serving the IT system, the IT system ideally should work for them, reducing monotonous manual tasks. Too often, maybe because of a regular cadence of truck hauls or software license renewals, each system itself becomes a chore (a monolith to worship) versus being a strategic and operationally efficient business tool. These on-premise, in-house installation projects limp to keep up with the spontaneous access privilege and security requirements that crop up across a grid you can’t control. As a result, small IT staffs struggle to equip, welcome and protect a growing workforce, while meeting network service rollout and data privacy timeframes.
How do you get branch offices and remote employees up and running and contributing without months of delay? Do you have to rely on multiple security equipment vendors? The answer is to streamline security orchestration via a security-as-a-service (SECaaS) cloud platform.
The OPAQ cloud is purpose-built to simplify and tighten control by applying a consistent security policy across an organization’s branch offices, and mobile and remote users. Organizations achieve centralized visibility over their network through a secure cloud controller, which delivers monitoring and reporting capabilities.
It can be overwhelming to manage multiple firewalls, intrusion detection, and intrusion prevention systems across multiple locations, and to make sure all your network security policies are configured properly. OPAQ provides an infusion of intelligence into the enterprise IT network infrastructure, allowing you to secure multiple branch office locations within assigned timelines, while also providing greater visibility and control over the widening, distributed network.
OPAQ security-as-a-service (SECaaS) empowers organizations to:
- Centralize and accelerate branch office security, with easy-to-deploy advanced network endpoint protection and segmentation all in one.
- Facilitate remote office security policy distribution to support business growth and agility. Activate branch offices in one day from the OPAQ cloud and security-as-a-service.
- Eliminate gaps or darks spots in protection coverage through secure Web gateways, secure cloud access points, and advanced endpoint security and workstation segmentation.
- Adapt quickly to new business requirements or security threats by adding new infrastructure to the OPAQ security cloud.
- Eliminate redundant security products. One security-as-a-service (SECaaS) solution staves off traditional security equipment product redundancy. No new hardware is required on premises (none to acquire or manage). The maintenance is all built-in so regular upgrade and software-flaw fire-drills go away.
Reduce network security costs, simplify advanced security, and reduce CAPEX via advanced security orchestration. Equip your CIO and core IT security staff with a smart system aggregating and dashboarding network security data across segmented network endpoints. Grow your business with confidence through the OPAQ cloud.
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